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Share files up to 10GB
Mobile & desktop app access
Microsoft Outlook plugin
Receive large files from anyone
Add & remove users
Upload large documents, images, audio, or video files
Send related files together for convenient viewing
Enter email addresses and click Send
Recipients click on a link to view or download your file
Get notified by email when your file is viewed
Track downloads in an online dashboard
Private and public sharing
Unlimited versioning and file size uploads
Desktop and mobile apps (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)
Client-side encryption (AES 256-bit encryption)
Cubby Locks (user-held encryption keys)
Admin activity log
Cloud storage: 1TB per five users
Hightail is the rebranded version of YouSendIt. It originally began as a service to send large files which were too big to be sent as an email attachment. But now after changing the name to Hightail, it also provides cloud storage, file synchronization and electronic signature in addition to sharing large files. It also offers document tracking so that one can know when a recipient has opened or downloaded a file. Hightail offers desktop applications, mobile applications and Outlook plugins which make it available across almost all platforms. It offers a free account with 2 GB of cloud storage and a maximum file size of 250 MB. Paid version gives you unlimited storage and e-signature with a 2 GB limit on the maximum file size.
One can set sharing controls and files can be accessed from anywhere on any device. It offers a dedicated folder which is synced across the devices. One can simply drag and drop the files to be synced to this folder. You can also set expiration date for the shared documents so that one cannot access or download those files or documents after a specified time. Even a limit can be applied on the total number of downloads using a particular link. Files can even be password protected for an additional layer of protection. It enhances the productivity as one can access official files on other devices and start from where you left at the office. Any changes made are reflected in real time to all the devices. Hightail can be used directly from Outlook and Sharepoint. It offers unparalleled security for your digital content all the time. The data is always encrypted whether in transit or on Hightail server. The Hightail data centers are protected by Firewalls and antivirus solutions for protection against hackers and malware. The files can even be wiped out remotely in case of a lost or stolen laptop or a mobile device.
Hightail cannot be integrated with CRM solutions like Salesforce which limits its use. Also, version management is not available which is a big miss as when used as a file collaboration platform, multiple people will work on the same file and if something goes wrong accidentally, there should always be an option to roll back to a previous version. No URL shortener service is integrated with Hightail which makes it difficult to share the file links on social media like Twitter which have word limitations.
Adobe Send makes it easy to share large files by providing a cloud storage and sharing platform hosted over Adobe cloud servers. It is very simple to use. The file needs to be shared it uploaded to Adobe Send and email ids are entered for people the file is supposed to be shared with. An email with the link to view or download the uploaded file is sent to the people immediately. If file sharing is not the primary purpose, Adobe Send can also be used as a secure cloud storage solution. It also has a desktop application like other players which makes it easy to sync your files on your local hard drive.
Adobe Send deploys various mechanisms to ensure that your data remains safe. It also offers tracking features so that one can easily track if the file has been opened or how many times it has been opened. The best feature is its Microsoft Outlook plugin available for Windows OS users. Users can set up the Adobe Send plugin to various configurations. The Adobe Send plugin can be used as a default way to send all attachments or can be set up to be used only if the attachment size is above a specified threshold. One can even set various permissions for files sent using Adobe Send like the number of days the file will be available for download and a delivery receipt to be received when the file has been delivered to the recipient. Another interesting feature is the option to convert all the files to PDF before sending. This avoids the worry of your content gets edited by unauthorized people.
Adobe Send does not offer mobile apps which is a big disappointment as it does not let users to share and access files on the go. The maximum size of a file that can be uploaded and shared is limited to 2 GB which is quite less by today’s standards. Phone support is not available on weekends which can let customers miss critical deadline in case there is an issue with the service. No Outlook plugin is present for Mac OS users.
I have to admit, I'm not using Cubby a lot. There is so many competition, that at sometimes, you need to stick to one. Cubby is not very popular, so when you want to share with others, you will get a lot of "I don't have a Cubby account". I know, the answer is "go get one, it's free" but you will receive a "why, I already use ***" So, why Cubby? First, it's by LogMeIn, one of the best cloud company. Second, they give you 1 GB free for each friend you invite, and that's a lot! And Third... you have a real selective sync. Instead of having a root folder, with a subfolder, you create "Cubbies". A Cubby is like a folder. You can share, and sync a Cubby. When you install the desktop client, you will select which Cubby you want to sync. You may want to sync your documents on your personal and professional computer, but maybe sync your personal picture only on your personal computers. Also, maybe your pictures are on your C: drive, but your documents are on your D: drive. With Cubby, you select the Cubby, click sync, and choose the destination folder, for each Cubby. I use it to sync my Outlook signatures, my games save, my apps configurations, etc. You can simply create a Cubby by Dragging and Dropping a folder into Cubby. It may be used to share, or to backup. Unfortunately, storage is pretty expensive. You can have 1 TB for 10$/month from competition while with Cubby, 1 TB will be 40$/month. The Cubby client is pretty big, without a lot of advanced features. They have DirectSync to sync across computers, without the cloud, but only with the paid version. The data is encrypted, and you can add client-side encryption if you really need it!
Thursday 08 May 2014
When it comes to sharing files, Hightail is definitely one of the best available. The unlimited number of downloads, uploads, sends and storage space in addition to easy web access from your desktop, laptop or mobile devices means you can share all of your favorite files, anytime, anywhere. The tracking lets you know instantly if your files are being viewed and who is viewing them.More about Hightail
Monday 14 November 2011
Email is a great method of communication, but it isn't always the best way to share data. Adobe SendNow makes it easier to share large files with others, with new tools for SendNow. Now, there is a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook, and a tool to convert files to PDF.More about Adobe Send and Track
Tuesday 03 July 2012
I hate beta because it can entice developers to keep their product in a constant state of development (I’m looking at you, Google). Even in Cubby’s beta infancy, I believe it is the first true competitor to make a legitimate run on the cloud syncing crown. LogMeIn has a solid user base and they are known for producing a good product at the right price. If they extend that level of quality and product innovation into an already feature robust Cubby, Google Drive will be the least of Dropbox’s problems.More about Cubby
Friday 18 September 2015
This program used to be good, but now is so slow I can't even deal with it. The upload speeds are as if I have dial up. I mainly have an issue with any file that is bigger that 50mb. I use the desktop app, still slow, so then I started using wetransfer as a comparison. What would (450mb file) take 5 hours to upload on Hightail literally only took 19 minutes to upload with wetransfer, so obviously the problem isn't with me, it's with Hightail. Oh and if you tell hightail that the upload speeds are mindnumbingly slow, they tell you it's your fault... which would be true if it weren't for wetransfer showing me evidence to the contrary.More about Hightail
Monday 30 November -1
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